Category: Your Handmade Home

Easy fix for cracked leather stools

One of the greatest benefits of knowing how to sew is being able to repair things that would otherwise need to be thrown away and replaced. Often this means mending a hole in someone’s jacket or stitching up a rip in someone’s heirloom quilt,…

Bright and organized bedroom

I’m always amazed by how much you can change a room in just a couple of hours — no painting walls or replacing linens required. When my friend Lisa asked us to take a look at the bedroom of her eight-year-old daughter, Katie, I…

DIY photo board from a door grille

DIY photo board from door grille {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was leaning in the corner of my client’s basement, and I recognized it immediately as one of those wooden grilles you’d see in a French door. “Oooh! Can we use that?” — one of my favourite questions when I’m decorating a room for…

Organized teen bedroom

Organized teen bedroom {Heather's Handmade Life}

Framed photos. Loose photos. Clay Cafe figurines. Medals. Buttons. Programs. Notes. Ticket stubs. Drawings. Posters. Lanyards. Stuffed animals. Jewellery. Tchotchkes. These are just a few of the items that might be cluttering up a teen’s bedroom near you. I was in the process of…

Filing cabinet makeover

Filing cabinet makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

You know I love nothing more than snooping around somebody’s house and rescuing something old so I can give it a new life. So when I spotted an old beige two-drawer filing cabinet in a client’s basement, I suggested we dress it up to…

Nice ‘n’ navy nightstands

A magician always has a favourite trick, and I’ve decided decorators do, too. Mine is a simple one that never fails to amaze my audiences: sawing an end table in half to transform it into two nightstands. How do I love this DIY? Let…

Kitchen chair turned desk chair

Kitchen chair to desk chair {Heather's Handmade Life}

Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to see the things you’ve stopped noticing in your own home. I was recently standing in a client’s foyer, discussing what to pick up for the bedroom I was decorating for her daughter. We needed a…

No-sew pennant banner

Back when my friend was pregnant, she’d mentioned wanting a burlap pennant banner to hang over the baby’s crib (which you might remember from this sweet little makeover). I insisted I’d made one, but then I found myself procrastinating the project. Burlap is a pain…

DIY patio cushion covers

DIY patio cushion covers {Heather's Handmade Life}

Longtime readers may remember that a few years back, I was complaining about wrestling patio cushions into submission on a sweaty summer’s day. Well, much like childbirth, I forgot the pain and agreed to do it all over again. Recovering patio cushions is a…

Bedroom decorating on a budget

I recently helped a client redecorate her master bedroom and we made a pretty spectacular impact with very little cash. I love how it’s now a space that expresses her fun, loving personality. It all started with a dresser makeover. Since we redid her…

DIY crib bedding

DIY crib bedding {Heather's Handmade Life}

My friend is expecting her third baby, and we’re all so excited for her. She wanted a rustic, woodsy feel for the nursery to go with the rest of her farmhouse, and didn’t want to reuse the old brown and green bedding from her…

Kids’ bookcase makeover

Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

While I usually don’t have a problem painting wooden furniture, I did hesitate at the start of this bookcase makeover when Lila’s mom told me it had been hand-built by her grandfather. He’d done a beautiful job staining and sealing the wood, and even…